SDSU V. Nevada Game Recap

The Aztecs had a solid outing this week with a 42-23 win against the Nevada Wolfpack.

SDSU got off to a slow start, giving up a field goal and a 48 yard touchdown pass early to go down 10-0. On the next drive however, Rashaad Penny followed up with a 23 yard touchdown run, and then a 70 yard punt return for a touchdown.

The rush defense was solid all game, allowing the Wolfpack a mere 34 yards on 18 carries. While their pass defense had several big holes in the game (giving up several 40+ yard passes throughout the game and allowing 414 yards passing and three touchdowns), they kept it together and tightened up in the second half, allowing only one score.

Christian Chapman also had a solid game, putting up 205 yards on 65 percent completion and a touchdown after three straight games under 100 yards passing.

Rashaad Penny was the man of the hour in this game, setting an SDSU football record with 429 all-purpose yards in addition to adding four touchdowns (two rushing). He also had another 100 yard kick return for a touchdown, which tied an FBS record for longest kick return and tied the record for most kick returns for a touchdown in a career.

A Day with The Front Bottoms

In a music scene where indie credibility is everything, New Jersey based band The Front Bottoms went against the conventional. With simplistic chord progressions, erratic drumming, blaring trumpeting and angsty yet obscure lyrics, The Front Bottoms have made a name for themselves on their own terms.

Last month they dropped their sixth album, “Going Grey” with their new record label Fueled by Ramen. This album takes a different but pleasing approach to their classic sound. In songs like “Vacation Town,” “Raining” and “Grand Finale,” the band embraces synthesizers and other production elements previously unheard in their sound. These subtle incorporations, however, are fitting and show the band’s matured musicianship.

Three days before their concert at the House of Blues on Nov. 10, The Front Bottoms announced an in-store performance at M-Theory Music. I had the opportunity to watch them perform acoustic versions of new tunes and fan favorites. Manned with his acoustic guitar, Brian Sella sang about middle fingers, steroids and bong rips as the crowd enthusiastically sang back. The two necked electric guitar was also a nice touch. The music store’s crowd was intimate and laid back, but it was a whole different story for the audience in the House of Blues.

The concert was packed and the crowd was insane. BadBadHats first performed and they rocked their set. Afterwards, Basement took the stage and that’s when all hell broke lose. Stuck in the middle of the pit, I pushed and shoved concertgoers like my life depended on it. Nevertheless, I still sang/yelled along to bangers like “Aquasun,” “Pine” and “Bad Apple.” Apparently, some people got so hyped and aggressive that a fight broke out. Finishing their set with their lead single “Promise Everything,” Basement thanked the audience and we were left waiting in restless agony for the main act.

Soon, The Front Bottoms walked onto stage. They opened with “You Used to Say (Holy F*ck)” and then lead into “Skeleton.” And the crowd went wild. The atmosphere, however, was different. It wasn’t aggressive, and was instead full of good vibes and happy moshing. From start to finish, I belted the words to every song like I had my heartbroken by a non-existent lover. In contrast to the crowd’s energy, the band was laid back as ever. Kicking off their shoes and making the venue their home, they put on a spectacular show. Matt Uychich (drums) set the pace for the band with his unorthodox rhythm. Brian Sella’s booming voice in songs like “The Beers” and “Tattooed Tears” sent the crowd into an angsty frenzy. The night was blur.

Despite the sweaty mess I was, the concert had its fill of special moments. When Jen the trumpet player had her solo in “2YL” (one of my favorite TFB songs), the pit opened up and the crowd moshed. I had never seen a crowd go crazy to a trumpet solo until that night; it was definitely a sight to see. “West Virginia” and “Vacation Town” were other fan favorites and the audience was equally as wild. The band closed the show with “Lonely Eyes,” a very old song from their 2008 self release “I Hate My Friends,” as well as “Flashlight” and “Ocean.”

Thank you The Front Bottoms for the best and craziest concert of my life. Despite getting pushed, shoved and punched the entire night, I had so much fun. I highly recommend seeing The Front Bottoms live. Their acoustic driven music is energetic and unique, and deserving of more recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured image taken by Dane Burns

Fall Out Boy Mania Tour (Viejas Arena)

When I heard that Fall Out Boy was coming to SDSU, my inner 13 year old freaked out a bit. For years I said that I would see them, and never did. So, on the day of the show, I threw caution to the wind and spent that 30 dollars on a ticket. I DID NOT regret it.

I was surprised to see Fall Out Boy open up with “Phoenix,” but it totally fit the comeback feel. After the opening, there was a series of old and new songs such as “Irresistible,” “Hum Hallelujah,” “Sugar We’re Going Down” and “Save Rock and Roll.”

The first half of the show was great, but it seemed a little slow. It wasn’t until we started to see the stage change into 2 platforms that the show really picked up. Elevated over the crowd, drummer Andy Hurley performed a compilation drum solo – and then it happened! With all members of Fall Out Boy now on platform stages, they performed “Dance, Dance” and everyone went nuts!

Following the classic single, Fall Out Boy debuted some new songs that will be off their album this January. As someone who predominantly enjoys old Fall Out Boy jams, I liked the new song, “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes),” but was not a big fan of “Hold Me Tight, Or Don’t.” Personally, I thought that “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” sounded nothing like the Fall Out Boy I came to love. The song sounded especially pop and didn’t seem to fit in with the set after some of their older songs.

As if they read my mind, the following four songs performed by the band were all good ol’ Fall Out Boy songs. One of these was “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy,” a song that came out in 2003 while Fall Out Boy was still signed under Fueled By Ramen. I truly felt like a teenager all over again!

The band came back out for a three song encore, ending with “Saturday.” It was a surprising closing song, considering that the song before it was “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and the crowd practically chanted every lyric. But, to those who love old Fall Out Boy songs, “Saturday” was pretty epic! Overall, the band did a great job of infusing new and old songs, sure to please both new and old FOB fans. When they come back to town, I 100 percent recommend seeing them if you’re looking for a truly nostalgic experience.

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Virtual Self: Porter Robinson’s New Project

Porter Robinson, one of EDM’s massive names, seems to be taking a break from his usual musical style. Many know him from his “Worlds” album that dropped in 2014, or his collaboration with Madeon on the hit single “Shelter.” Despite all of Porter’s recent success, he seems to be putting work released under that alias aside for a new project. On Oct. 25, Porter tweeted about a new project he was working on called Virtual Self. This announcement tweet came with a link to Virtual Self’s first single, “EON BREAK.”

Virtual Self, while clearly influenced by Porter’s original sound, stills stands out and is able to establish itself as an individual force. Virtual Self carries over some of the fantasy-like, anime inspired sounds Porter is known for, and expands and experiments with these sounds on its new singles.

The Virtual Self single “EON BREAK” is a face paced flurry of drums and pulsating electronic melodies. It might initially sound like “EON BREAK” would benefit from even more speed, but by the end of the song the choice to keep it slower is understandable. The climax of “EON BREAK” sounds as if you’re being shot through an other-worldly portal at light-speed.

Almost two weeks later, Virtual Self dropped its second single, “Ghost Voices.” This track juxtaposes “EON BREAK’s” barrage of noise with something a bit more down tempo. A steady rhythm guides the song from beginning to end, with a heavenly trance of a beat that could either infatuate listeners or leave them desiring a bit more. In between and mixed throughout this track are ethereal vocals that are equal parts soothing and hypnotic.

This only looks like the start of Virtual Self’s career, as Porter subsequently tweeted out Virtual Self’s very first live show. After what we’ve heard so far, one can hope that there are more singles on the way, or maybe even an EP. I think previous fans of Porter’s will enjoy this redistribution of sound, and new listeners now have the ability to explore something unique and fresh.

***UPDATE*** Porter Robinson tweeted on Nov. 17 that Virtual Self’s EP will be out on Nov. 29.

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